April 29, 2016


We finally are able to observe hooded orioles nesting in the neighbors' palm tree.

As you may remember, in an earlier post several months ago, strong winds blew down a dried palm frond from this tree into our driveway. And woven onto the palm frond was an empty nest,...

April 26, 2016

Well, the rust disease is attacking our lavatera shrub and this is not going to be a cheerful post.




Lavatera is member of the mallow family, which includes abutilon and hollyhocks.  All of these plants are prone to rust, a fungal disease which is spread by spores in...

April 25, 2016

Yesterday there were apricots at our local Farmers' Market, the first of the season.

We always go to the Frog Hollow stand to check the fruit, and they had these beautiful Apache  apricots.

They smell wonderful and are delicious!



Frog Hollow Farm also offers home delive...

April 22, 2016


A honey bee spent a few minutes on a blossom on the dwarf Valencia orange tree. It was very intent on getting everything it could out of that blossom.










Really squeezing into the blossom...










Later resting on a leaf of the orange tree,  moving pollen off...

April 22, 2016


This past weekend, since it was warm I felt it was time to transplant root-bound plants to larger containers. I was surprised to find so many of the potted plants had grown during the past month.



All of the potted salvia plants needed to be re-potted. Although we bou...

April 18, 2016

How exciting!

Today I saw umber skippers in the garden for the first time since last autumn!




The skipper in the image above is perched on the top of a lambs' ear leaf.

Skippers are funny. When I first notice them and focus my camera on them, they flit away, fly in a bi...

April 14, 2016



I was so excited to see this bumble bee in our backyard.

While checking one of the bird baths, I heard a buzzing sound near me.

I turned my head and noticed this cute little bumble bee feeding on the nectar of the blossom of the flowering potato vine.




As you see, the...

April 12, 2016

A brown-eyed bushtit was very busy finding tasty insects on the Penelope rosebush. It is perched on a rose stem eyeing its target. To the right are stems of the coastal redwood.














And here the same bushtit is eating insects in that same rosebush.














April 11, 2016

It's been great to have more rain this weekend!

Look at how the raindrops gather on the nasturtium leaves.









































April 7, 2016



Every morning on my way to work, and then when I return home, I check the ceanothus shrub for bees. There are always at least a few honey bees on the shrub in the early morning. And ever since the blossoms are in full bloom there are also two bumble bees.




They are...

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